Encouraging Words For 2021

From Grant Bartlett, PhD I hope you are in Good Health and Positive Spirits. These are stressful times. Best Wishes for Health and Happiness in the New Year. May you be Blessed with all that is Good in this World. If I pause for a moment in the midst of the current global pandemonium and COVID-19 pandemic, and I reflect on the Bubonic Plague that killed 25,000,000 persons in a much less populated world; the Black Plague in London killed 100,000 persons in a population of 450,000; the Spanish Flu killed 50,000,000 globally. And, our forebears decimated or annihilated new world populations by the millions on most continents with Tuberculosis (TB), Smallpox, Chickenpox, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Influenza, Firearms, etc. It is time for reasonable thought and positive action. During my own lifetime there have been major Wars (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.), and Wars continue, in which 10’s and 100’s of millions of persons, men, women and children, have been killed or maimed physically and mentally. And mankind survived. If I reflect on medical issues, that have been major concerns or panics during my lifetime, regarding TB (I had my Father, two Aunts, one Uncle and three Cousins infected); Polio (I had five classmates infected in a one room school with 44 students); SARS, Ebola, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Smallpox, Chickenpox, Measles (Red & German), Mumps, HIV and more. All of these wars and diseases have contributed to the death of untold millions. And yet, with endless diseases and constant wars, Humans have survived, and the Global population continues to expand. This is positive food for thought. What have we learned? COVID-19 is a very serious Pandemic. However, our global nanosecond reporting has set levels of Stress/Panic at new extremes. This, once in a lifetime situation for many, requires that we focus on the positives in our lives, care for ourselves and care for each other. Perseverance is Paramount. Compassion is Essential. It is all about WE Not about ME. The current mood in our City [Calgary] is one of quiet desperation, acute stress and depression. Domestic violence has shown a sharp rise, increasing by 500% since January 1. COVID-19 is among us. Shops and restaurants are closed for several blocks in most areas. Social distancing and self-isolation have introduced new relationship dynamics. It is truly surreal. I believe that this could be a very long road to recovery. And,…

What Is the Relationship Between Mind-Gut Interactions, Happiness and Despair?

From Grant Bartlett, PhD Having been around for a multitude of decades during the terms of 15 US Presidents, 15 Canadian Prime Ministers, 18 British Prime Ministers, 5 Russian Dictators, 1 German Dictator, at least 1 Dictator in Italy, Turkey, most mid-East, eastern Europe, Africa, South America and points beyond countries, 9 Popes, 8 Archbishops of Canterbury, 1 King and 1 Queen. I believe it would be interesting to determine the historical mind-gut interaction during times of peace vs. times of privation and disruption. What is the relationship between mind-gut interactions, happiness and despair? It appears to me that globally, and in particular in North America, we have drifted into three “Meism” Tribes: Me, Me and Me; Me, Me and Mine; and Me, Mine and More. Are these Meism Tribes the result of poor diets, fast foods, angst and hunger? I believe to become a healthy and positive nation we must focus on “Weism”. We is the most important word in Wealth, Welcome, Well, etc. Then we must ask “What impact does a Weism Society have on the mind-gut interaction?” And Vice Versa. Surely proper diets, clear minds and exercise must promote good health and happiness. Stay Healthy! Grant Bartlett, PhD is a Serial Entrepreneur, Global Traveler, Consummate Reader, Mentor to Millennials, former Hockey Team owner of the Calgary Flames who has experienced a myriad of Careers in Government, Academia and Industry. Grant has mapped the Rocky Mountains and explored the Ocean depths. He believes that when you reach the far horizon there will be another. Never stop Dreaming.